The rate of cultism and clashes among cultists in Lagos State areas of Mushin and Ikorodu has to the arrest of nine teenagers and four others by the Lagos State Police Command.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, reported in a press statement given on Tuesday titled, ‘Lagos command clamps down on cultists, arrest scores’.
The Lagos command further vowed in the statement to get the rid of cultists and hoodlums who foment troubles and threaten the peace as well as security of Lagos State.
Mr. Adejobi quoted Hakeem Odumosu, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, as giving a matching order recently to the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Department via Police Wireless Message that miscreants, cultists, and hoodlums be sniffed out of their hideouts, arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
According to the Commissioner of Police, cultism precedes and precipitates other heinous crimes and social vices; and it must be tackled headlong.
The statement read in part, “In compliance with the order, police operatives attached to Mushin Division of the command have arrested some suspected cultists that were on the rampage at Moroluke/Wey Street, Mushin on 8th Novemeber, 2020 at about 10 pm. The suspects arrested include Daniel Adome, 18; Popoola Michael, 20; Kayode Thomson, 18; and Taiwo Okiki 18. They are members of Omo Kasari Confraternity.
“Similarly, due to the recent cult-related crises in Ikorodu Area of Lagos State, on 9th November, 2020, at about 12:15 pm, a special operational team, that was despatched by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, led by the Divisional Police Officer in Ipakodo, arrested some members of Aiye Confraternity fomenting troubles in the area.
“The arrested suspects include Opeyemi Oderinde, 19; Otubu Samson, 17; Otako Jeremiah, 16; Kayode Agoro, 17; Agbelusi Sunday, 20; Kazeem Ishola, 20; Olasojo Gbolahan, 18; Ayodele Olasunkanmi, 18, and Segun James, 21.
“Items recovered from the suspects include locally-made guns, live cartridges, axes, cutlasses, charms and some other offensive weapons.”
Based on the statement, the CP has concluded a formidable plan to work together with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in order to get speedy trial of the suspects as the command’s ‘Operation Say No to Cultism’ persist to wide its tentacle.